2018 October Newsletter

Inspiration, Football and Pumpkin Spice

It’s that time of year, the leaves are changing color, the air is crisp, the football fans are cheering, homecoming celebrations, bonfires and to the delight of many, all things pumpkin spice. This is one of my favorite times of year, I find that I am inspired by the colors, the smells and the changes of the Fall weather. As I am sitting here enjoying my Pumpkin Spice coffee, I ask the question, what inspires you?

Psychologists Todd M. Thrash and Andrew J. Elliot have noted that, “inspiration is evoked spontaneously without intention. Inspiration is also transcendent of our more animalistic and self-serving concerns and limitations. Such transcendence often involves a moment of clarity and awareness of new possibilities. As Thrash and Elliot note, “The heights of human motivation spring from the beauty and goodness that precede us and awaken us to better possibilities.” This moment of clarity is often vivid, and can take the form of a grand vision, or a “seeing” of something one has not seen before (but that was probably always there). They also found that inspired people were more open to new experiences and reported more absorption in their tasks. “Openness to Experience” often came before inspiration, suggesting that those who are more open to inspiration are more likely to experience it.”

The Sales and Marketing Executives of Sioux Falls strives to evoke inspiration in our members. We do this through our mixers, small group events and membership luncheons that feature dynamic speakers (September was Jeffrey Hayzlett and our October speaker is Chris Westfall). As Thrash and Elliot suggested, inspiration is spontaneous and without intention. That’s the beauty of the SME membership, the opportunity for inspiration.

At our September Membership Meeting, Charlie Nesdahl, Chair of the Recruitment Committee discussed the friendly Kickoff Contest/Challenge to bring in new members to the SME organization. This is a perfect time to enlighten potential executives to their opportunity for inspiration as members of SME, while scoring points for your team! Go Team!

I look forward to seeing all of you at the October Membership Meeting, October 25th, 11:30am at the Country Club of Sioux Falls. I hope you have an inspirational month!

Roxanna McKenna, MBA

 “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

Hindu Author, Mystic and philosopher